What is ZIP File Extension?


The file extension is actually an archive file to hold compressed data. It is one of the most widely used archive formats. It contains more than one file or folder in compressed form to make data transfer easy. The file extension is used to store programs. It saves saver's space. decreases the installation time. The best thing of a ZIP file is to hold hundreds of files.


It is associated with Compressed or aggregate files.

Supportive Apps

Multiple software are supported by the file extension.

7-Zip (Free)

And lots of others

WinZip (Paid)

WinRAR (Paid) see this picture


The format was introduced in 1989 PKWare Inc and Phil Katz. The latest version of ZIP is 6.3.4 launched in 2014.

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How to open or view ZIP File Extension

The file extension can open manually by any third app like 7-Zip or WinRar. Both free and paid apps can open the file extension.